Johnnie O. Jackson has taken to social media to share his fitness progress and his opponents should be scared.
Bodybuilder Johnnie Jackson has been busy this season and his physique is in incredible shape leading up to this year’s Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The Arnold Classic is on the first weekend of March this year, so competitors have only about six weeks ahead of them to get their conditioning on point and get their weight right if they want to be ready for the competition. You can take a look at the progress shots Johnnie Jackson shared to Instagram below:
Jackson’s upper body comes up a lot in discussions about his talents and this video showcases that nicely. His definition is absolutely insane, and even though it’s hard to tell with his shirt on, his chest definition looks incredible. Jackson is one of the most exciting additions to the Arnold Classic 2020 and is expected to be a strong competitor.
Jackson placed 16th, 11th, and 15th at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Mr. Olympia, respectively. No stranger to the Olympia stage, Jackson has often attracted attention for the sheer size of his physique and the actual strength behind his intense muscle mass. If he keeps it up, he will most definitely dominate at the Arnold Classic. But at age 48, it’s unclear if he’s too far down the road as an athlete to achieve serious Olympia greatness. Shawn Rhoden may have broken some age barriers there, but he was closing the gap in a year where the competition was weaker, and Jackson may not get so lucky on the stage.
Jackson is also an accomplished powerlifter in his own right and set a USPF World Record for the deadlift after deadlifting 760 pounds. A regular NPC competitor starting in 1998, he made his debut at the 2003 Mr. Olympia and placed 11th. His age is a notable factor in his competitive edge and superfans will remember when his pseudo-retirement was announced three years ago. It will definitely be a treat to see this man on stage in a few weeks, as Jackson has proven himself time and time again to be a true champion of the sport.